Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot | Season 2 Premiere Recap

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Hello, friend! Welcome to the Mr. Robot podcast on Post Show Recaps. Every week, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) discuss the latest episode of Mr. Robot, covering each and every hour of the USA Network drama’s second season.

Josh and Antonio launch their regular season coverage with a super-sized podcast about the super-sized premiere, wasting zero time as they embark on robo-foil hat conspiracy theories about Elliot’s true circumstances, gushing over the phenomenal $5.9 million fire-blazing scene, speculating about Angela’s true motives, and eulogizing an old friend, among countless other topics.

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** The Imprisonment Theory
** The Secret QR Code on Elliot’s Notebook
** Josh’s Interview with Rami Malek

A close-up of Elliot’s notebook:


  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    The scene with Wellick was on 5/8 on the PC Elliott is working on in the Arcade Curious thing about the gun. It was Darlene who hid the gun in the popcorn and I don’t think Elliot or Mr. Robot saw her do that. Oh man when Elliott get’s shot in the head and just keeps going and writing in his journal. He wrote that this has happened before and that he remained calm this time. Hot Carla looks like a man so that can fuel the prison theory. Did you notice the similarities between the apple peel shape and the Fsociety flag we see at the new headquarters? Phillip Price is one of my favorite characters, loved how he handled his suggested resignation. Angela poor Angela, In her defense’ Angela did try and get a job with the lawyer before she took the Evil Corp. job.I believe that Angela is being brainwashed into an Evil Corp plaything as insidious as it sounds. Evil Corps. interest in her seems to be her corruption.R.I.P. Gideon Goddard. Great podcast guys.

  • Christine Larivière

    Great assessment of a great show! I definitely think Leon is in his head from the way he left after talking to Ray. Elliot has no one to talk to but the prison guard with a dog (bloodhound?). There are only males except “Mom”, the church group leader and his therapist in his life now. It adds up that he is in prison. The way in which his visits were staged echoes that.

    I like the way Antonio explored the minute details in the show which give clues. Just to add–the lyrics from Daydreamin’ by Lupe Fiasco ft. Jill Scott are quite interesting in the context of this show even though the show did not use it.

    • Edwin Johnson

      I was just going to comment about the Lupe lyrics. The music video also fits in quite well with the themes of the show.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      There is nothing I would have loved more than to get into Lupe lyrics on this podcast, unfortunately it wasn’t the Lupe version. I do agree his lyrics are on point though. Layers within layers with this show.

      • Edwin Johnson

        It wasn’t, but it’s still a fun connection.

  • jeremiahp

    What a brilliant premiere! Sam Esmail is taking this show to another level.

    Mr. Robot has always been visually stunning, but it was simply magnificent in this episode. Tod Campbell out did himself with the cinematography in this one!

    I agree completely with your assessments. I fall in the camp of Elliot being incarcerated, and I love Antonio’s take on how the audience is the one being fooled now. Part of the charm of this show is the fact we really don’t know what’s real, or what’s just in Elliot’s head.

    How freaking good was Rami Malek? I mean wow! It was teased that Elliot will be going to a dark place, and that was pretty evident after this episode.

    Poor Gideon! What a tragic ending to one of the few characters on the show that had a good heart. Now that Angela is headed to a bad place (or at least that’s how it’s being betrayed), we may only have Gloria left.

    Can I just say, I absolutely loved both Phillip Price (wipe your face, priceless) and Joanna Wellick! These are the kind of antagonist that is missing from so many shows.

    Have you guys ever watched the documentary called “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz”? He was a real life hacktivist, and he helped develop Reddit. It’s worth a look, and you can watch it for free on that World Wide Web thing.

    Great job as always gentleman and until next week.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I haven’t seen that doc but I read a lot about him when he died a couple of years ago. Lots of academics made their journal articles free in honor of him and there were similar actions taken all over the internet. I’ll definitely check that documentary out.

      One theory I have seen swirling around:

      S1 = Fight Club

      S2 = Shutter Island.

      JP if you haven’t seen Shutter Island it’s a must. Martin Scorsese does Hitchcock.

    • Christine Larivière

      I agree about the cinematography. It is stunning! I love the scene of Elliot fleeing in the street toward the camera past the perfectly cookie cutter brownstones on both sides until he reaches his own. The home is a prison metaphor was real for him as a child so it only fits that he would view prison as his home with his mother.

  • TarafromLI

    TY, Josh and Antonio, for a great in-depth discussion of this episode(s). Are u both sure Phillip Price said “You can’t have the con without the confidence”? I thought he said ConfiDENTS, meaning the people who fall for a con.

  • Edwin Hernandez

    Love how in depth you guys go!

  • Gal Baum

    Angela’s co-worker said that she’s weird and talking to herself. Do you think we’ve already met Angela’s Ms. Robot?

    • Edwin Johnson

      I think it’s Darlene, if anybody.

  • Matt The Golem

    This season is off to a great start, and thanks for the deep dive discussion.

  • susan appleby

    Why do you guys think he’s in prison instead of the mental hospital?
    We know he was already in mandatory treatment so he has a record of mental illness and need for treatment. I can’t see him being housed with prisoners.

    If he’s in prison what does he mean by journaling?? Everything else fits with prison.

  • James Griffin

    Another great podcast. In regard to Angela and her attempts at positive self-reinforcement, I remember Shayla’s message to her in season one, when they are both on ecstasy.

  • Kolohe

    Love the podcast, finally catching up with the show.

    Just one note on the scene with Price and ‘the bureaucrats’ – none of those people were underlings. They were supposed to be Janet Yellen Fed chair, Jack Lew, Treasury secretary, and Mary Jo White, SEC chair.

    If anything, that’s why that scene fell a little flat to me. If the Obama administration throws the CEO of the corporation at the center of the crisis under the bus, visibly and publicly, people are talking about changing the constitution to give Obama another term.